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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 415 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means entering a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Julian Gore-Booth announced as the new IMW executive director

Julian Gore-Booth announced as the new IMW executive director

The Institute of Masters of Wine is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Gore-Booth as its new executive director, to replace the departing Adrian Garforth MW. Julian's employment with the IMW will commence in mid-October. Previously chief executive officer...

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2022 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam. The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the...

MW student Tao Platon awarded the Lallemand bursary

MW student Tao Platon awarded the Lallemand bursary

Master of Wine student Tao Platón is the 2022 Lallemand bursary winner. Tao is a stage two MW student and receives £1,500 towards the cost of his studies. Lallemand is a leading producer of wine yeast and bacteria, and their nutrients and a distributor of oenological...

Susan R Lin MW published in GuildSomm

Susan R Lin MW published in GuildSomm

Susan Lin MW has been published in GuildSomm for her piece on the perception of wine. Titled 'The Power of the Story: Influences of Narrative in Shaping Wine Perception', Susan explores the value of narrative in how we view certain wines, and how iconic wines gain...

Regenerative Workshop Day with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Regenerative Workshop Day with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is co-organising ‘Regenerative Viticulture Workshop Day’ on 5 September in Hampshire, UK. The one-day workshop will explore vineyard establishment, weed control, cover cropping, balancing soil indices, animal grazing and biodiversity with...

Matt Deller MW joins Wirra Wirra as CEO

Matt Deller MW joins Wirra Wirra as CEO

Wirra Wirra has made two senior appointments, with Matthew Deller MW taking the reins as chief executive officer and Emma Wood entrusted as senior winemaker of the revered McLaren Vale brand. Matthew joins the business from Villa Maria. Prior to his role in New...

Latest News

Julian Gore-Booth announced as the new IMW executive director

Julian Gore-Booth announced as the new IMW executive director

The Institute of Masters of Wine is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Gore-Booth as its new executive director, to replace the departing Adrian Garforth MW. Julian's employment with the IMW will commence in mid-October. Previously chief executive officer...

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2022 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam. The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the...

Features

Toronto Star writes feature on David Forer MW

Toronto Star writes feature on David Forer MW

Toronto-born David Forer MW has had his career journey honoured and documented in the Toronto Star, Canada's largest online news platform. Having moved to Barcelona, Spain, 'with two bags each, no cellphones and no apartment', David now owns his own vineyard in the...

Susan R Lin MW published in GuildSomm

Susan R Lin MW published in GuildSomm

Susan Lin MW has been published in GuildSomm for her piece on the perception of wine. Titled 'The Power of the Story: Influences of Narrative in Shaping Wine Perception', Susan explores the value of narrative in how we view certain wines, and how iconic wines gain...

Matt Deller MW joins Wirra Wirra as CEO

Matt Deller MW joins Wirra Wirra as CEO

Wirra Wirra has made two senior appointments, with Matthew Deller MW taking the reins as chief executive officer and Emma Wood entrusted as senior winemaker of the revered McLaren Vale brand. Matthew joins the business from Villa Maria. Prior to his role in New...

Regenerative Workshop Day with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Regenerative Workshop Day with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is co-organising ‘Regenerative Viticulture Workshop Day’ on 5 September in Hampshire, UK. The one-day workshop will explore vineyard establishment, weed control, cover cropping, balancing soil indices, animal grazing and biodiversity with...

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